- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

“House of Cards” actress Robin Wright threatened to go public if she wasn’t paid the same as her co-star, Kevin Spacey, she told a roomful of activists and philanthropists Tuesday in New York.

“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,’” Ms. Wright, who plays Claire Underwood, wife of Mr. Spacey’s President Frank Underwood on the Netflix hit series, told audience members at the Rockefeller Foundation, The Huffington Post reported.

“It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in ‘House of Cards,’” said Ms. Wright, expanding on earlier comments she made regarding equal pay.

“I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public,’” she said. “And they did.”

The topic of equal pay came up during an hourlong conversation with Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, in the first of a series of talks called “Insight Dialogues,” The Post reported.

Ms. Wright, who played Jenny in the iconic 1994 movie “Forrest Gump,” said her professional career slowed after she married then-husband Sean Penn and started having children. Her two kids are now in their 20s, The Post reported.

“Because I wasn’t working full-time, I wasn’t building my salary bracket. If you don’t build that … with notoriety and presence, you’re not in the game anymore. You become a B-list actor. You’re not box-office material,” Ms. Wright said. “You don’t hold the value you would have held if you had done four movies a year like Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett did during the time I was raising my kids. Now I’m kind of on a comeback at 50 years old.”

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